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Communicating Advice

Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice

Edited By Wendy Atkins-Sayre and Eunkyong L. Yook

Although competent peer tutoring depends heavily on knowledge within the particular discipline, there is certainly more to the process than subject knowledge alone. One of the most important components of tutoring in any academic area is effective communication. Research in the area of communication studies is relevant to all areas of tutoring, but is often only a minor component of peer tutoring training. This book brings together tutoring center experts and communication experts to provide research-based advice for training peer and near-peer tutors. With a broad audience in mind, these experts translate research from the fields of communication and pedagogy into advice that can be used for tutoring in any field. Peer tutoring centers or pedagogy courses in any discipline will find this book to be an effective discussion tool for encouraging tutors to consider the importance of how they communicate their advice to students.
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Case 5. Speaking Center Code of Ethics University of Southern Mississippi Speaking Center Staff


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University of Southern Mississippi Speaking Center Staff

The University of Southern Mississippi Speaking Center shares an example of a code of ethics that has been found to be effective in providing guidance for their staff in conducting their daily business at the center. Originally created in a group exercise and updated yearly, this code addresses professionalism, client communication, co-workers interaction, and disciplinary commitment. This example can become the basis for creating an effective code of ethics that is appropriate for other peer tutoring centers.

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